Independent Age State Pension Survey

Independent Age are keen to hear about people’s attitudes towards the State Pension and how important it is as a source of income and are asking for anyone aged 66 or over to complete their questionnaire and help shape their future work and campaigns. Over 2 million pensioners in the UK are living in poverty […]

Summer Outing, Wednesday 12 June

This year’s Summer outing is to the Kelpies, Callendar House and the Falkirk Wheel. We will be hiring East Renfrewshire Community Transport’s “Wee Red Bus” which holds a maximum of twelve passengers, so to guarantee a seat contact Michael Kirby on 07969 405263 or The bus will leave from the King’s Theatre, Bath Street, […]


We’re sure you saw the news last week that the report from the Parliamentary and Health Service (PHSO) has recommended that the #WaspiWomen are compensated for the injustices they have faces. The PHSO found that DWP fell short in its handling of changes. Enough is enough immediate action is needed now. We will continue to […]

Older People’s Commissioner for Scotland

At CSPA Scotland Branch we support the campaign for an Older People’s Commissioner for Scotland, who will champion older people and improve policies to create a better later life for all.

The Government has now confirmed that Civil Service pensions will rise by 6.7% from 8 April 2024. The pension increase is in line with the annual increase in the Consumer Prices Index (CPI). The increase applies to all Civil Service pensions that have been in payment for at least 12 months in April, with pro-rata […]

Homing in: How to improve the lives of older renters in Scotland

Independent Age’s research shows that Scotland’s rented sector is not working for older people who live on low and fixed incomes. We found that over one third (34%) of older private renters have felt anxious about paying their rent and 28% have less than £200 disposable income per month after they pay rent. Half of older […]

‘Stealth tax’ will hit 900,000 pensioners from April

The Daily Telegraph reported this week that an additional 900,000 pensioners will start paying tax on part of their State Pension for the first time from April, because of the freezing of the basic tax threshold since April 2021. The threshold at which 20% tax becomes payable has remained at £12,570 per year for the […]

Independent Age

Our fellow-campaigners at Independent Age are campaigning for the appointmentof Commissioners for Older People and Ageing in Scotland and in England, a causewe at CSPA share. We have seen impressive, recent examples of how successfulthis form of cross-governmental working can be in both Wales and NorthernIreland.The General Secretary recently met with Independent Age’s Chief Executive,Joanna […]

Data Protection and Digital Information Bill

Members may recall our website article before Christmas (December 11, 2023)about the worrying clause in the new ‘Data Protection and Digital Information Bill’which would give the Department of Work and Pensions the right to access socialsecurity claimants’ finances, including those receiving child benefit and a StatePension. You can view our article here –MP criticises Government […]

Civil Service Pension Scheme – new administrator from December 2025

The Cabinet Office Pensions team has confirmed to CSPA that Capita Business Services Ltd (Capita) have been awarded the contract to administer the Civil Service Pension Scheme, from December 2025, following a long procurement selection process. The current service provider, MyCSP, will continue to administer the scheme during the two-year transitional period to December 2025. The new […]